This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, with a fascinating look at the material, political, economic, and religious structures that integrated more than one hundred Native nations and millions of people in the powerful Andean Empire known as the Tawantinsuyu. In this segment, José Echeverría, Independent professional in the museum sector, speaks on “Inka Expansion: The Road Network in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador.”
José Echeverría is a historian and geographer with a master’s degree in Andean Anthropology and a PhD in Education. He is a professor and a researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ibarra. Echeverría has many publications, including The Prehispanic Societies in the North Mountain Range of Ecuador (2004), and he has served as a researcher for the Qhapaq Ñan. Echeverría has been a consultant for the National Institute of Cultural Heritage and works with the Ministry of Tourism. Echeverría is a member of the American Society of Archaeology and the National Academy of History. He holds the Academic Merit of the University of Otavalo (2004), and has received an award from La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Benjamin Carrion, in 2007, for his contributions in archaeology and anthropology.
The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.